COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Survivors of the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that struck Missouri between April 19 and June 6, 2011, have just two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The deadline for all disaster survivors to register for FEMA assistance is Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. That is also the deadline to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans.
Assistance may include FEMA grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest SBA disaster loans to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries, and other programs to help homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations recover from the effects of the disaster.
To date, Missouri survivors have qualified for more than $32.2 million in FEMA aid and more than $38.2 million in SBA loans.
"We are encouraged by the number of individuals already receiving disaster assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner. "But FEMA urges all disaster survivors with disaster damage to apply, even if they think they do not qualify.
Registration may be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone through m.FEMA.gov, or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If the applicant has access or functional needs and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is available. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.
Before calling or registering online, applicants are encouraged to have in hand:
- The address of the affected property;
- A brief description of the damages;
- A current address where they receive mail;
- Social Security number;
- Insurance information, including policy numbers; and
- A phone number and an alternate phone number where they can be reached.
Survivors are urged to complete and return the low-interest disaster loan application they may receive after registering with FEMA. Applications are available from Disaster Recovery Centers and online. Online help for completing the SBA loan application is also available.
The SBA can help homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofits with loans up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate, and $40,000 to repair or replace personal property damages, including automobiles. The interest rate of disaster loans for homeowners and renters may be as low as 2.688 percent, with terms up to 30 years, making repayment affordable. Business owners may obtain business loans up to $2 million.
For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling
1-800-659‑2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals may call 1-800-877‑8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing ...